European shares closed higher on Wednesday amid corporate earnings news and ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 provisionally closed 0.1 percent higher at 1,375 after a cautious open as second-quarter earnings season continued.
Dutch paints and chemicals firm AkzoNobel saw impressive gains after reporting core profit in its second quarter that managed to beat market expectations. The group closed almost 4 percent higher.
However, STMicro shares tumbled 5.8 percent, despite the chipmaker meeting market expectations with its quarterly earnings.